07 November 2005

The Death of the Death of Classical Music, An Addendum

A beautiful example of the power and broad appeal of classical music. With no stuffy halls or $190 tickets, the music was free to communicate to a wide variety of people...And look at the results! :

ArtsJournal, citing The Washington Post : "13,000 people packed the Mall in Washington, D.C. last weekend to watch a simulcast of Washington National Opera's production of Porgy & Bess on a huge, 18-by-32 foot video screen. 'When Angela Simpson sang Serena's lament My Man's Gone Now, the applause was thunderous. And the cheers were repeated for almost every song from Indira Mahajan as Bess and Gordon Hawkins as Porgy. And for once, the cheers and the notes weren't trapped by the chandeliers of the Opera House but floated off into the blue sky over the Mall.'"


At 5:36 PM, Blogger Project DC said...

I was there with friends and this event was possibly the best thing to happen in DC in the last 15 years. The kids, the families, the sky, and the freedom we all shared were priceless. I applaud the Washington Opera for making their exclusive product available to the masses... Finally. Let's hope there's more!

At 8:01 PM, Blogger Sophia said...

Thanks for visiting, project dc. I'm glad you enjoyed the opera! I agree, it was a wonderful thing.

I'll be sure to check out your blog. :)

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

I heartily do declare it as well: the death of the death of classical music. These blogs are great; they are pure infusions of life.

At 11:56 PM, Blogger Sophia said...

Thanks for visiting, Daniel!

Yes, Drew McManus and Alex Ross do indeed have awesome blogs...As do you! :)


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